First published on 2 Dec 2010. Updated on 15 Aug 2011.
Why we love it This two-floor camera mecca is the place professionals go to update their SLRs or pick up specialist equipment, and second-hand is really the way to go here.
Check out The first floor is jam-packed with booths stocking all the big brands - Nikon, Canon, Sony et al, but those who remember it will know that Rolleiflex is the brand to be reckoned with. This revered company falls well into collectible status and older models are particularly sought after. Head to booths A-9 and 2 on the ground floor and you'll be looking at prices between 2,500 and 10,000RMB (based on age and condition) for a classic Rollei. For Nikon (or indeed Canon), try the 'Nifty Fifty', a fixed 50mm f/1.4 lens; its wide aperture is ideal for portraits and low-light conditions. We found one at booth A-20 for just 1,500RMB.
Don't forget It's important to note that lenses outlive camera bodies, where the technology is always changing. For second-hand lenses, we spotted a Canon 28-125mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (with image stabiliser) at booth B-9 at the bargain rate of 2,450RMB.
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